Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Help For Morning Headaches

Friday, 23 December 2011 09:38 AM

Question: I wake up almost every morning with a headache. It goes away quickly without medication, but it worries me. No, I am not a drinker. Could this be something serious?

Dr. Hibberd’s answer:
Usually, individuals with chronic tension-type headache are most likely to be awakened in the early morning hours. Depression is most often associated with chronic tension-type headaches. Sometimes snoring and sleep apnea syndrome (one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep) can also cause morning headaches. Additionally, withdrawal effects from pain medications, ergots and caffeine often produce this pattern. Stress reduction measures, like yoga and meditation, can help. Some persons with chronic sinusitis may also experience an early morning headache pattern. Check your blood pressure also, and visit a doctor if this pattern persists.

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